Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

This Week in SEC History

July 16, 1975 - NYSE Consolidated Tape begins operation. Today in 1975 the “Consolidated Tape” went live at the New York Stock Exchange. Intended to be an early step toward creating a national market system, the consolidated tape (actually a computer display) posted trades from all exchanges and OTC markets simultaneously.

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Mourns the Loss of William H. Donaldson

Chairman's Roundtable Commemorating the SEC’s 85th Anniversary and 20th of the SEC Historical Society. Photo - Jay Clayton
Chairman's Roundtable, 2019. Photo - Jay Clayton
June 6, 2024

The 90th Anniversary of the SEC Celebration Program

The SEC logo with the 90th Anniversary crest.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will commemorate the 90-year anniversary of the Securities Exchange Act and the creation of the SEC. The event will include panel discussions featuring former SEC chairs and experts on the SEC’s history.

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June 13, 2024

“Ike” Hunt -
Hall of Honor

Ike Hunt

The SEC Historical Society, in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary Leadership Series Celebration, announces the inaugural awardees for its Isaac C. Hunt Jr. Hall of Honor.

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Harvey Pitt, wearing a suit, standing next to an SEC seal, holding a pipe.
Harvey L. Pitt at the SEC in 1970

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Mourns the Passing of Society Founder, Harvey L. Pitt



February 15, 2024

The Evolution of “Materiality”

SEC Logo

The concept of “materiality” is the cornerstone of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s public company disclosure regime. It is a fundamental principle of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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November 1, 2023

The SEC San Francisco Regional Office - A Historical Perspective..

San Francisco Bay Bridge

In celebration of a new gallery on the history of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regional Offices, the SEC Historical Society hosted a special program on the evolution of the San Francisco Regional Office.

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2022 Annual Report Cover

2022 Annual Report

The SEC Historical Society is pleased to share its 2022 annual report. This report contains the highlights of Virtual Museum-related projects, the audited financial statements, and the lists of donors and contributors for the year 2022.

Thank you very much to those who support the mission of the Society to grow and make available the unique collection in our Virtual Museum.

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What is the SEC Historical Society?

Headhots of one man and four women in professional attire.
W. Jay Clayton, Mary Jo White, Mary L. Schapiro, Pamela A. Gibbs, and Haima Marlier

SEC's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion: OMWI at 10 Years

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Securities Arbitration Clinics: Commemorating 25 Years of Law Students Aiding Investors

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